Youths today often struggle with self-confidence and body-image issues. In a recent survey by the NYU Child Study Center 59% of girls in 5th to 12th grade responded that they were dissatisfied with their body shape. However, negative body image impacts young boys, too. The media, peers and pop culture are all influencing factors in a child’s personal development, but it’s still the parents who play the greatest role.
Here are some ways you can help your children to believe in themselves:
Do your kids interrupt you when you’re speaking, demand a refill at the dinner table, and need constant attention? You’re not alone. It’s natural for kids to be impatient. As a parent, it’s how you address impatience that can mean the difference between raising a patient, well-adjusted child or an impatient child who grows up to be an impatient adult.
Parents treasure and love spending time with their grandkids. It often brings them back to the time when you were a child, and to fond memories they created with you. However, did you know that spending time with grandchildren might also benefit your parents’ health?
A study conducted by the Women’s Health Aging Project in Australia found that post-menopausal women who spend time taking care of grandkids lower their risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease and other cognitive disorders. The study, published in the October 2014 edition of Menopause, the journal of the North American Menopause Society, assessed the cognition of 186 women. Based on a series of tests, the study reported that the highest cognitive scores were seen in participants who looked after their grandchildren for one day per week.
In turn, grandchildren can help their grandparents in a number of other remarkable ways. We’ve put together our own list of how grandkids may help to improve the lives of their grandparents – and vice versa:
Teens aren’t the only ones immersed in technology at home. Parents are guilty of it, too. Whether you’re checking your work email from your phone or putting in extra hours on a project while at home, these actions may cause your child to feel neglected, sad or frustrated, according to Harvard Clinical and Consulting Psychologist Catherine Steiner-Adair, author of the book, “The Big Disconnect: Protecting Childhood and Family Relationships in the Digital Age.”
Large family gatherings may elicit excitement for some, but they can cause anxiety for people hosting a party. If that’s you, and you have visions of burned or undercooked food dancing in your head instead of sugarplums, remember that you can pull off a memorable holiday dinner, without the migraine.
Follow these stress-relief tips: